brighton fringe - KATHARINE FERNS

Press Contact: Katharine Ferns - [email protected]gmail.com ... “While some of us strive to destigmatize mental illness, to support victims of domestic violence.
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For immediate release - April 2018

Katharine Ferns is in Stitches May 19th and 20th, 2018 at 19:30 Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick (39 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4SB) Brighton Fringe Listing: http://bit.ly/KFBrighton Press Kit and High Res Photos available for download: http://bit.ly/PressKitFERNS Press Contact: Katharine Ferns - [email protected] www.katharineferns.com Twitter: @katharineferns Instagram: @katharineferns Facebook: KatharineFernsComedy

Manchester-Based Canadian Comedian Brings Critically Acclaimed Show to Brighton Fringe "It is a pitch perfect performance and a beautifully-written, perfectly-paced comedy script. Absolutely wonderfully done. A perfect Fringe show. Laughs. Tears. Jaw-dropping. It deserves a (formerly-known-as) Perrier Award" John Fleming "Brutally honest from the start, this show just goes to prove you can make comedy out of tragedy…moving, witty and sincere.” **** North West End “While some of us strive to destigmatize mental illness, to support victims of domestic violence and to empower women in embracing their sexuality, Katharine Ferns is out there doing the work, one theatre at a time.” Room Magazine Brutally funny and unflinchingly honest, “In Stitches” is the latest Fringe hit from Manchester-based Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel). This dark comedy show takes audiences through the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, and drug addiction — with some feminism thrown in for comic relief. Based on true events from her own life, the story begins on April 21, 2016 — the day Prince passed away and Katharine ended up in stitches (literally). Through personal insights and a lot of laughs, Katharine’s acclaimed solo show leaves her audiences in stitches (figuratively). Ferns says, “This is the most honest comedy show I have written. Violence and mental health are issues we don't talk about enough, and through comedy I am able to talk about my experiences in way that is empowering but also honest. Since performing this show in the UK, I have received so many messages from fellow survivors and people that want to be advocates for change in how we deal with domestic violence in society. These inspiring audience reactions propel me to keep telling my story and hopefully it helps others talk about their own experiences too.” Following her critically-acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2017, where she received an Honourable Mention for the Artistic Risk Award, Katharine is bringing her show to the Brighton Fringe for two nights only. After the festival circuit, Katharine will bring “In Stitches” to the small town where the events from her show actually happened. Ferns adds, “In a sense, I’m returning to the scene of the crime to tell my story and reveal the truth of what happened to me there that I hid from everyone for so long.” A documentary on that journey is currently in development.

Industry and Audience Reviews: "She takes intense personal moments, from physical pain to emotional scars, and makes them into jokes and heartbreak that we can share and relate to. This balancing act is very challenging, but Ferns is impressive in her quick turns." TwoCents&TwoPence "The most important and needed comedy show I've ever seen. Brilliant, hilarious, brave, poignant."—Tara P "Absolutely brilliant, inspiring, heartbreaking and outrageously funny show."—Mark P “The most incredible comedy performance I've ever seen.” (Phil J. as quoted on BBC Radio 2) Link to more reviews: http://bit.ly/KFreviews Press Kit and High Res Photos available for download: http://bit.ly/PressKitFERNS Page 1 of 2

Katharine Ferns is in Stitches May 19th and 20th, 2018 at 19:30 Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick (39 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4SB) Brighton Fringe Listing: http://bit.ly/KFBrighton Press Kit and High Res Photos available for download: http://bit.ly/PressKitFERNS Press Contact: Katharine Ferns - [email protected] www.katharineferns.c